Premiere: Watch the Pin-Up Girl Visual for Max Shrager’s “Thoughts of You”

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“This one was written the summer I moved to New York City. I thought of it as a country ballad as I was writing it. It ended up having some interesting rhythms and flavors. My grandmother came downstairs to my parent’s basement as I was recording the guitar, and she was into it.”

You may not know Max Shrager by name, but there is a strong chance you have heard some of his work in collaborations with the likes of Sharon Jones and Lee Fields to Lana Del Rey. He most recently caught our eye with his new band The Shacks we highlighted just last week and have a debut EP and full-length on the way soon. Additionally, the 20-year-old also recently released a EP compilation, Thoughts of You, he calls “the best of everything I’ve done as a solo artist up to this point” featuring tracks spanning the past 5-6 years.

As you can imagine based the previously mentioned collaborations, he pulls from sounds rooted in yesteryear and recorded in analog to present the full rich, retro experience. Needless to say given his enviable experience at such an early age, there is something very special in his work and it might not be more evident than with the song and EP title track “Thoughts of You” spilling with sentimentality and warmth that is a rare commodity in modern music. The video, directed by Leon Michels, completes the aesthetic utilizing old footage of pin-ups blended with grainy footage of Max crooning the tune. The EP is available for purchase now via Big Crown Records.

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Watch Låpsley’s Video for the DJ Koze Edit of Her Song “Operator”

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While the original is fantastic in its own right, DJ Koze’s slow-building extended edit of Låpsley’s “Operator” made “while imagining the moon with the spoon in the Studio 54” to the cut to another level. Today, we get the visual for the reworking conceptualized by Låpsley herself and directed by Cherise Payne. The clip follows a drag queen to club as he performs the song with Låpsley in attendance at the bar. Find the video below and catch her live with some upcoming tour dates in the States come November.

The Shacks Go Vintage in the Visual for “Strange Boy”

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Max Shrager and Shannon Wise are the young, but extremely promising talents behind New York City’s The Shacks. They will be releasing their debut self-titled EP October 7th via Big Crown Records ahead of their debut LP expected in early 2017. While being listed as a bonus track on the EP, their collaboration with another NYC outfit El Michels Affair, “Strange Boy,” will certainly be one of the highlights. The song is littered with all sorts of amazing throwback touchstones brought full circle by Wise’s fixed delivery vocals which have drawn comparisons to Hope Sandoval and Jane Birkin. The video captures much of the retro vibes of the song utilizing grainy textures and found footage. It was directed by Leon Michels. You can purchase the song as a part of a 7″ with another collaboration with El Michels Affair, “No Surprise,” here or wait for the EP available for pre-order soon.

Marching Church Announce New LP, Share Video for Single “Heart of Life”

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We were only mildly into Iceage, so we had little expectations when lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s (also of Vår) Marching Band and his 2014 debut album The World Is Not Enough unpredictably became an album we kept coming back to time and time again. On October 28th, the once solo outlet, now band will be releasing their sophomore album, Telling It Like It Is, on October 28th via Sacred Bones Records. The first single from the album “Heart of Life” might be our favorite from them yet offering accessibility, yet maintaining the unkempt delivery that drew us to them in the first place. You can download the song via Soundcloud and pre-order the LP via Bandcamp.

Premiere: Oreo Jones Unveils Video for “Goldust” as First Chapter of Mini-Series

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Indianapolis’ Oreo Jones dropped his best work to date earlier this year with the sonically expansive and genre bending Cash for Gold LP through Rad Summer. The album plays with elements spanning everything from chillwave to pyschedelia to electronic music creating a collection that is very much contemporary where we are exposed to a variety of sounds at the click of a mouse. “Goldust” is the woozy opening track of the release and really sets the tone for the unexpected twists and turns experienced throughout. It also happens to be the soundtrack to the first chapter and video in a mini-series directed by Sam Miro and Joe Sailer introducing you into the world of Oreo Jones, while illustrating the context behind the album. Cash for Gold is available for purchase now digitally and on vinyl.

Amber Arcades Shares Video for “Turning Light,” Announces US Tour Dates

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We have been smitten from the jump with Fading Lines, the outstanding debut LP from refugee legal aid turn musician Annelotte de Graaf, aka Amber Arcades. Quite frankly, it is one of the better debuts and albums, for that matter, you will hear this year. Today, the Dutch artist unveiled the color-shifting, psych-tinged visual for elegant track “Turning Light” from the release. With it, comes a slew of US tour dates in support of indie rock elder statesman Nada Surf. Her debut is available now via Heavenly Recordings.

Tour Dates:
9/14/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
9/16/16 – Providence, RI @ The Met*
9/17/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
9/20/16 – Portsmouth, NH @ Artspace*
9/22/16 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Bar*
9/23/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern*
9/24/16 – Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch*
9/26/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House*
9/29/16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge*
9/30/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
10/1/16 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn*
10/3/16 – Carboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
10/4/16 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle*
10/6/16 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern*
10/7/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café*
10/8/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar*

*w/ Nada Surf

Watch Cellars New Video for “Do You Miss Me?”

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With all of the ’80s nostalgia that never seems to go out of trend, it is without doubt that Phases, the Ariel Pink-produced LP from LA’s Allene Norton, aka Cellars, is going be on our best of the year list. The only question is how high at this point. “Do You Miss Me?” is one of the many stellar tracks from the album and Thomas McMahan-directed visual brings all of the neon colored synths to life in one brilliant swoop. There are still 25 remaining copies of the limited edition translucent green vinyl here. Grab one before they are gone!